B. 1983, London

Solo Exhibitions

Graceland Arts Centre, Dumfries, Scotland (2015)

‘Paintings by Nicola McCartney’, Riverside Studios, London (2011)

‘To Be Is to Be Seen’, Riverside Studios, London (2010)

Stables Gallery, London (2008)

Selected Group Shows

Lead Artists for Guest Projects, an initiate of Yinka Shonibare’s Studio (March 2016)

Transmission Members’ Show, Glasgow (2015)

Deptford X Associate Artist-in-Residence under Janette Parris (2015)

‘Exile: A Living Forest’, ONCA, Brighton (2014)

‘Fugue’: Barbican Arts Trust Group, London (2014)

‘PLAYTIME’, UDS Studios, Stokes Croft, Bristol (2013)

Wilding Festival, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury, London (2013)

‘Walking–Talking’, Nicola McCartney & Laura Nash, Riverside Studios, London (2012)

Vibe Gallery, London (2012)

Collective Studios, Dolphin Square, London, (2011).

Rhizomatic, DepARTure Gallery, London, (2010).

BLANK SPACE/(Y)OUR SPACE, Together Our Space Gallery, London, (2010).

Selected Slade Graduates; Gissings, London, (2007).

ReadyToEatJumboShrimp; Woburn Square, London (2007).

Public Commissions

Piggy-back, Bloc Projects bill-board commission, Sheffield (2011)

Amazing Grace for ‘Harlow Sculpture Town’ (2010)

Residencies and Education Projects

Lecturer for Whitechapel Gallery and Crisis (2014)

‘This Woman’s Work’ Coordinator, with Royal Female School of Art, Mary Ward Centre and Woman’s Trust (2014)

Workshop Facilitator for HMP Royal Holloway Family Days (2013)

Families Workshop Leader, Turner Contemporary Margate (2013)

Workshop Facilitator for survivors of Human Trafficking, October Gallery (2012-Present)

Even Better Together & Tate Local, Gasworks, London (2011)

Researcher, Bidoun Library at Serpentine Gallery, London (2011)

START Residency by Art Dubai, Jordan (April 2011)

William Morris Sixth Form College, Visiting Artist (2010)

Brighton College, Visiting Artist (2010)


Erasmus Teaching Mobility, UdK, Berlin (2019)

Associate Research Fellow, Birkbeck History of Art (2016-17)

Association of Art Historians’ Image Grant (2017)

1st Place Prize Winner, Life With Art (2013)

Trustee of the Association of Art Historians (2012-2014)

Getty Foundation Research Grant (2013)

Chair, Student Members’ Committee, Association of Art Historians (2012-2014)

Artist Patron of Hammersmith & Fulham Community Law Centre (2010-present)

Slade School of Fine Art Project Award (2007)

Euan Uglow Memorial Scholarship (2003-7)

Writing & Publications

‘Fashioning contemporary art: a new interdisciplinary aesthetics in art-design collaborations’ by N McCartney and J Tynan in Journal of Visual Art Practice (2021; 20:1-2)

Death of The Artist (I.B.Tauris of Bloomsbury, 2018)

Complicating Authorship: Contemporary artists’ names. Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts, (2017, 22:6).

‘A look at ‘fishy drag’ and androgynous fashion: Exploring the border spaces beyond gender-normative deviance for the straight, cisgendered woman.’ by Jacki Willson and Nicola McCartney in Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, (2017; 8:1)

‘The Artistic Multitude’, Journal of American Studies of Turkey (2013)

‘Remote Control’, ICA exhibition review for Dandelion Journal (2013)

‘Art of Provence’, Apollo Magazine (2012)

‘Claude Cahun’, exhibition review for British Art Journal (2011)

Freelance reviewer for Galleries Magazine (2011-present)

Edinburgh Art Festival, Apollo Magazine (2011)

Spectator Magazine, ‘Culture Notes’ author (2010-12)

Apollo Magazine, Online Writer and Editor (2010-12)


Arts & Culture, Absolutely Magazines (2012)

‘Featured Artist’, Artlyst.com (2012)

Profile Artist for CURATORSGUILD.ORG (2011)

‘What’s On’, artist feature for Westminster Chronicle (2011)

Culture24 (2011)

‘What’s On’, article in Hammersmith & Fulham Chronicle (2010)

Time Out, featured artist of ‘10 ways to start collecting art’, by Sarah Kent (2005)

Academic Papers

‘#MeToo and the Art World’, presentation for the National Gallery, University of the Third Age, Women’s Institute and public lunchtime talks (2018-9)

‘Rallying Artists: from New York to London’, Paper given for ‘Propaganda’ conference at British Museum & Association of Art Historians (2015)

‘Authorial Dissidence’, Paper given for ‘Artist Identities’ conference at Birkbeck University of London (2015)

Conference convener, ‘A Picture of Health’, Wellcome, Birkbeck & Association of Art Historians (2014)

Conference convener, ‘Nostalgia’, RCA & Association of Art Historians (40th annual conference, 2014)

Conference convener, ‘Identity’, Oxford University & Association of Art Historians (2013)

‘Guerrilla Girls’, Paper given for Reading University & Association of Art Historians (2013)

Conference convener, ‘Collaboration’, Reading University & Association of Art Historians (2013)

‘The Artistic Multitude’, Paper given for University of York & Association of Adaptation Studies (2012)

‘Collective Identity and Authorship in Contemporary Art’, Lecture given at The Ruskin School of Drawing (2009)


Birkbeck College, University of London. PhD Candidate in History of Art (2011–2016)

Christ Church, University of Oxford, M.St. History of Art and Visual Culture (2008)

Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, B.A. Hons. Fine Art (2007)

Wimbledon School of Art, BTEC Diploma Foundation Studies in Art & Design (2003